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Thursday Reading

Blogging has been a bit light around here of late - my priority is finishing the books submitted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and I'm now at the stage where, even if I decide in the first hundred pages of a particular novel that I'm not going to push it for the shortlist (let alone the top spot), I usually still want to know how the story ends - it's rare for a book to leave me so unmoved (or annoyed) that I can comfortably forego the resolution. I suspect this is going to lead to some late (or, rather, even later) reading nights as our internal deadlines approach.

Anyway, the tally of books that I am reading, have read, intend to read, and have acquired in the last week is reported below. (Some of the last category was acquired as a result of this event, especially the part of the discussion that starts around 58:48.)

Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy (a chapter a day)
Watership Down, by Richard Adams (a chapter a week)
The Blood of Azrael, by Scott Gray, Michael Collins, Adrian Salmon and David A. Roach

Last books finished
Oh No It Isn't!, by Paul Cornell
Een geschiedenis van België voor intelligente kinderen (en hun ouders), by Benno Barnard and Geert van Istendael
Getting the Buggers to Behave, by Sue Cowley
Write It Right: A Little Blacklist of Literary Faults, by Ambrose Bierce

Last week's audios
Welcome to Night Vale Eps 52-57, also 2 bonus episodes
An Ordinary Life, by Matt Fitton

Next books
Het Achterhuis, by Anne Frank
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage, by Alice Munro

Books acquired in last week
The Longest Afternoon: The 400 Men Who Decided The Battle Of Waterloo, by Brendan Simms
Sharpe's Waterloo, by Bernard Cornwell
The Charterhouse of Parma, by Stendhal
Discipline or Corruption, by Constantin Stanislavsky, George Martin, Anna Darl, Karen Cooper, Susan Harris and Jennifer Harris
Rauf Denktaş: A Private Portrait, by Yvonne Çerkez


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Jan. 23rd, 2015 12:53 am (UTC)
As I think was discussed in the comments for one of the other Cornwell books, they're a bit marmite, and I'm of the people who like them. I seem to recall crying a lot reading Sharpe's Waterloo.
Jan. 23rd, 2015 04:29 am (UTC)
(Here via catsittingstill.)

Excuse me if I'm the only one who doesn't know, but... What's with the Greek-letter+'3' titles? (I prefer digamma.)
Jan. 23rd, 2015 09:44 am (UTC)
They are books submitted for this year's Arthur C. Clarke Award!

Edited at 2015-01-23 09:44 am (UTC)
Jan. 23rd, 2015 08:25 am (UTC)
That reminds me, I haven't read The Charterhouse of Parma since 1991 (ish). I should really read it again.
Jan. 23rd, 2015 09:12 am (UTC)
It looks very long!!!
Jan. 23rd, 2015 09:38 am (UTC)
I don't remember it being very long and my Penguin certainly doesn't take up that much room on my shelf. Mind you, my 20 year old self didn't notice small print so much, I read it in between my BA and MA when anything that was in English was comparatively easy going.
Jan. 23rd, 2015 09:56 am (UTC)
It's over 10,000 clicks on Kindle, which is more than Anna Karenina (though admittedly less than half of War and Peace)!
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